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Holland America Line Cruises

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Koningsdam

About Holland America Line Cruises

Caters to the 50+ set who enjoy fine dining, live music and a more subdued vibe -- no whiz-bang attractions here, though partnerships with Lincoln Center and Billboard raise the bar on entertainment; sails globally with ships ranging in size from 835 to 2,650 passengers.

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Nieuw Statendam
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Nieuw Statendam

24 Night
Northern Isles & Baltic JewelsDetails

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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Eurodam

24 Night
Adriatic Antiquities & Mediterranean EmpiresDetails

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Westerdam
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Westerdam

28 Night
Southern Japan & Russia CollectorDetails

Leaving:Yokohama
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Rotterdam (2021)
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Rotterdam (2021)

28 Night
Baltic Jewels & 150th Anniversary TransatlanticDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Zuiderdam

10 Night
Mexico & Sea Of CortezDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Eurodam

20 Night
Panama CanalDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Zuiderdam

9 Night
Mexico & Sea Of CortezDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Eurodam

11 Night
Panama Canal SunfarerDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Nieuw Amsterdam

17 Night
Panama CanalDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Noordam

35 Night
Australia CircumnavigationDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Westerdam

14 Night
Far East Discovery HolidayDetails

Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Nieuw Statendam

14 Night
The Atlantic CoastDetails

Leaving:Quebec City
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Nieuw Statendam

14 Night
Tropical / Southern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Koningsdam

16 Night
Circle HawaiiDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Oosterdam

31 Night
Panama Canal Inca & South America DiscoveryDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Zuiderdam

7 Night
Eastern CaribbeanDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Koningsdam

18 Night
Circle HawaiiDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Koningsdam

7 Night
Alaskan Inside PassageDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Noordam

34 Night
South Pacific CrossingDetails

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Koningsdam

18 Night
Circle HawaiiDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Westerdam

28 Night
The Philippines Malaysia & Far East CollectorDetails

Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Zaandam

14 Night
Southern CaribbeanDetails

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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Nieuw Statendam

24 Night
European Splendor & Baltic JewelsDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night
Eastern CaribbeanDetails

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Nieuw Statendam

11 Night
Newfoundland & New England DiscoveryDetails

Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Who goes on Holland America Line cruise ships?

Holland America Line cruisers usually run 50 or older and are evenly split between being retired and employed -- the longer the cruise, the older the demographic and the more retired passengers there are. HAL passengers prioritize travel, and most are experienced cruisers. They tend to be foodies and music-lovers (two things for which HAL prides itself), and most are from the U.S. and Canada, though about 20 percent of the passengers are international, with the U.K. and Australia at the top of the list.

During the summer and holiday periods, the average age onboard comes down as families, particularly multigenerational groups that include the grandparents and grandkids, take to the ships. This is particularly true of the line's Alaska and Canada/New England itineraries.

Do I have to dress up on a Holland America Line cruise?

Not during the day, but most Holland America Line evenings are designated as smart-casual, so swimsuits, flip-flops, shorts and tank tops are not permitted in any of the restaurants. The line does have more formal evenings (how many depends on how long a sailing you're on) called Gala Nights calling for gala attire. Men usually show up in suits and ties (or jackets and no ties, especially in the Caribbean); women usually opt for cocktail dresses or gowns, or dress slacks with fancy blouses.

Is everything free on Holland America Line cruises?

No. Your cruise fare includes meals in the main dining room, Lido buffet restaurant, the outdoor Terrace Grill and 24-hour room service (except for some for-charge items); the extensive youth program, Club HAL, is complimentary until 10 p.m. every day. Additionally, access to the fitness center, and most culinary lessons and enrichment lectures, movies, performances and live music are complimentary.

What will cost you extra is all drinks beyond water, tea, basic coffee and some juices; all specialty restaurants; most fitness classes; spa and salon services; shore excursions; gratuities; laundry and purchases from any of the onboard shops.

Passengers cruising in suites get a host of extra privileges and might find that some of the extra-fee options are provided complimentarily.

What are Holland America Line’s most popular activities?

Passengers onboard Holland America Line's ships love the line's dedication to traditional cruise activities, including afternoon tea and ballroom dancing, but they also flock to the line's newer options. In particular, the line's live music offerings, including BB King's Blues Club, Billboard Onboard, Rolling Stone Rock Room and Lincoln Center Stage, draw a crowd most nights, while the line's culinary demonstrations are usually standing room only. Culinary classes (including some specifically for kids), wine tastings and blendings (on select ships only), and complimentary computer classes fill quickly.

Just as popular for many Holland America Line passengers is relaxing in the line's top-deck Crow's Nest. You'll often find people up there reading a book, putting together a jigsaw puzzle or playing cards or board games.

Why go with Holland America Line?

  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Impressive, immersive itinerary options, particularly in Alaska
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs

Best for: Laid-back but curious travelers who explore by day and relish culinary experiences and live music by night

Not for: Thrill-seekers who crave a variety of onboard attractions and endless nightlife

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daughter and son in law gave us the cruise as a gift food was excellent weather was great southern caribbean was fun as we had not been there in a while the ship was immaculately clean music was good... Read More
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grandpacobra

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Enjoy Holland America

We had our MiddLe Eastern cruise cancelled and thought that by sailing around our own New Zealand and Australia we would be fine. It was great, we managed to book another cruise for the return to Australia but... Read More
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Shonajane

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Beautiful First Experience With Holland America!

At the port we were greeted very nicely and had a gentlemen that did our paperwork that was very nice and patient. The embarkation went smoothly got our stateroom cards then hop on the ship! We had a guaranteed... Read More
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GoodTimeCruiser2005

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

A BIG THANK-YOU TO HOLLAND AMERICA

We were on the ill-fated cruise which we boarded in Buenos Aires on March 7th, before the Coronavirus pandemic really began, but because we knew of its existence, extra care was taken to ensure our safety.... Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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